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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday (8/21/09) Edition

Welcome By-Godders to the Friday edition of the Shotgun/Throwdown, brought to you today by "The Banquet Beer," Coors.

The sponsors have had an international flavor throughout the week, so I thought I'd go domestic for today. Plus, Coors just sounds so cool when spoken by one of the greatest western character actors ever, Sam Elliott. I can hear him now: "COO-ers." I hope everybody's been enjoying the show so far this week, but your input is needed to keep things fresh. On with the show after the jump:

What you may have missed: Stew's Views: Day 12 (The Casteel Edition)
The Director of the Casteel Curtain gave yesterday's presser.

Defensive Notebook - MSNsportsNET.Com
via Pravda.

Huggins in Good with Nation's No. 7 Hoopster -
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins has the Mountaineers in good position with star recruit Tobias Harris.

Huggins spoke in Wheeling - The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Amusing tidbit from the story:

Huggins told a story of how Jennings, a forward at 6-foot-8, 265 pounds, was urged by WVU's strength coach Andy Kettler to take up boxing in an effort to improve his footwork around the basket. ''After Danny knocked (redshirt junior forward) Cam Thoroughman out with one punch to start the boxing class, no one would get into the ring with him,'' Huggins said. ''So I'm not sure if it helped his footwork or not.''

Mountaineers continue offensive line experiment, et al - Charleston Daily Mail
also: the kicking situation & the #2QB situation.

Cottrill to Logan - WV MetroNews
Prized in-state recruit Noah Cottrill to enroll at Logan for his senior year.

Sports - from Blogs
USF's version of Bigfoot showed up

NCAA throws out Memphis' Final Four run - NCAA Basketball -
It's official

News of Note:

Barclay hoping to improve West Virginia's O-line picture - Big East - ESPN
There's an image that West Virginia coaches keep showing the offensive players. It's not always the same picture, but it carries the same message. It's a referee holding his hands inches apart.

Mountaineer defense needs to be strong out of the gate - The Charleston Gazette
Hickman's story resounds with a big DUH!!!!!

The Times West Virginian - WVU’s Hargrett plays bigger than he’s listed
Another Freshman profiled, this time by Bob Hertzel.

'Spiderman' Scott Showing Promise -
And another one here: Jonathan Scott, Safety.

Woods ready to step up with receivers - Charleston Daily Mail
And finally, receiver JD Woods.

MSNsportsNET.Com -- West Virginia University Mountaineers
Caridi's observations.

WVU Looking for Big Score at Fla. Powerhouse Pahokee -
Some football recruiting insight in Florida

Later, Gator - Big East not crying crocodile tears - Charleston Daily Mail
Bowl Commentary by Jack Bogaczyk

Mark Story: NCAA ruling a hit on Calipari's reputation and UK's |
Yet, UK's Pres isn't least not publicly.

What's On Tap:

Move In Day in Motown - WV MetroNews
Stay away from Morgantown if you can today (at least in a motor vehicle). More confused/lost freshman and families clogging up traffic than you can count.

(Bonus though: most will be out en masse tonight at the bars.)

Mountaineer Fan Day - MSNsportsNET.Com
Chance to meet the players and coaches this Sunday at the Caperton Indoor Facility.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown goes by the name Alexa and she is special because you can tell she's smart, just by looking at her. Click on the pic for a gallery.

Sadly, I have no video of Alexa to go along with the pic and gallery, so I'm offering this gallery of "College Football's Hottest Fans" presented by YepYep as a mea culpa. By the way, based on evidence presented in the picture below, the correct pronunciation is now Okla (pause) Homa. As usual, the picture leads to the promised land. Thus ends my first week helming the Shotgun/Throwdown. I hope I haven't disappointed. Have a great weekend! See ya Monday.